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Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation

Since his debut, 1993's Kirk Franklin & the Family, Kirk Franklin has been one of the brightest stars in contemporary gospel music. The album spent 100 weeks on the gospel charts (some of those on top), crossed over to the R&B charts, and became the first gospel debut album to go platinum. His second album, Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, became the genre's first Christmas album to make it to number one, and his 1996 album Whatcha Lookin' 4 went gold as soon as it was distributed. With such phenomenal success, it is small wonder that some have hailed him as "the Garth Brooks of gospel." Still, despite all the adulation and brouhaha, Franklin remains a humble, devout Christian, eschewing the title "entertainer" in favor of labeling himself as just a "church boy."

Franklin's road to the top, though quick, was far from smooth. Abandoned by his mother and never having known his father, Franklin was reared by his Aunt Gertrude, a deeply religious woman who raised him as a strict Baptist. When he was four, she paid for his piano lessons by collecting aluminum cans. The lessons were money well spent, for Franklin was a natural musician who could sight read and play by ear with equal facility. At age 11, he was leading the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir near Dallas. Despite, or because of, his church background, Franklin began rebelling in his teens and getting into trouble until one of his friends was accidentally shot and killed at age 15.

Realizing that he had chosen a bad road, Franklin returned to the fold and began composing songs, recording, and conducting. Since 1991, he has been backed up by his 17-member choir, the Family, a group comprised of friends and associates from his younger days (interestingly, one member of the Family, Jon Drummond, made it to the semifinals of the 100-meter sprint at the 1996 Olympics). Support from his pastor, his wife Tammy, whom he married in early 1996, and the four children they brought to the marriage help keep Franklin close to his religious core, and he returned in 1998 with Nu Nation Project. The album topped the Billboard Top 200 charts (peaking at number seven) and remained on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 49 weeks, paving the way for Franklin's third Grammy (Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album).

Over the course of the next few years, Franklin worked on the soundtrack of the movie Kingdom Come (contributing the single "Thank You") and released another album, 2002's The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. Making good on the success of its predecessor, the disc soared to number four on the Billboard 200 chart and spent 29 weeks on the Gospel Albums chart. Two more chart-topping albums emerged out in the next four years, Hero (2005) and Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1 (2006), both of which topped the gospel charts at the time of their release. Hero went on to win two Grammys in late 2006.

The following year, he released The Fight of My Life, an all-star affair featuring contributions from Rance Allen, tobyMac, and Melvin Williams, among others. It topped the Gospel Albums chart and broke into the Top 40 of the Billboard 200. In 2010, following the tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Franklin assembled an even bigger crowd of gospel all-stars in Nashville’s Quad Studios to record the benefit single “Are You Listening." His next studio album, 2011's Hello Fear, featured "I Smile," his first hit on the pop charts since 2005. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Thank you so much for sing this song it really has made me think bout my life An all I've over come by God's word an his grace thank you so very much God bless
Thank Kirk Franklin I really love this song
U go Kirk11
POWERFUL SONG
God is really using this song in my life. I had fallen but im up and dont want to go down again.
this is song is EVERYTHING!
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Thank god for grace and mercy for walk me up very day thank you God for everything that u done for in my life u you so much I don't know what to say but thank God i thank for my family an my kids for bless me an keep me lord not matter what I do you always by my side thank .god for grace and mercy


Kirk Franklin I love love love your songs
georgi_831
Kirk Franklin I like your songs
no more crying at night...it's over now
With God all things r possible... Thank You Jesus
When you wake up with the spirit of the lord,its so rewarding to have a friend like Jesus..There ' s no friendship better than the one you will develop with Jesus..He's a" immutable" God. Always the same no matter what we go through he's there when we up,down,happ y , s a d . . T r y him you'll never regret the choice you make....May God give you the glory.. Amen.
WITH. JESUS. YOU CAN MAKE IT BELIEVE IN HIM ITS WORKS JESUS WILL BRING YOU THROUGH. AMEN lowery247
Green
Love this song
Romans: 1. 22. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, - Bible Offline James: 1. 14. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. - Bible Offline
Love him
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This is my season, and i declare it in Jesus name.
Its 7:00a.m. Students. Be ready to make. This 'Hump-day' earned &
..........., . . . . . . . . . . . . l e a r n e d ! ! !
yeah it's finally over........ . . . . . . t h a n k you Jesus
Just trust and believe
God is good all the time love this song sooooo much
yes he will do that i been throw a lot an now i see he is all i have
Yes HE will take the pain away just believe
Jesus Jesus!!!
My life is in your hands! Hallelujah!!
That's all I have is God..!
This is a strong Songgggggggg g g g g g g g g g g
The strom is over now no more cloudy days I feel like I can make it the Strom is over now. Thank you Jesus
...,,@ this very up-coming ninth hour.
Post-meridia n . . . . . . s a t a n and those associated with foul deceit....ON THE
RUN.......BA C K TO A CENTER OF DUNGEONS. IN A PIT OFMOTHER
LATE GREAT PLANET CONJURING
THEIR OWN FILTHY LIES IN TERROR...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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I LOVE THIS SONG
God is good all the time ��HE'S MY ALL����
GOD IS GOOD I love this song.
dottg55
Something about the name Jesus
Going through the hardest situation I thought I ever had to face in life and then this song comes on ...god hears my cry
no more..thank you
God is good He never changes despite my flaws I love him And I Thank him for what he has Done and going to do and doing Right now!!! Thank u Jesus !!!!!
I trust you you, thank you jesus
Call me9092728719 cathey
May God continue to be a great part of your Life amen
I just love Kirk Franklin and the Nu Nation , always is refreshing to listen to . ����
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Please Help Me!
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I need prayer for healing sickness family brothers mom kids n my man
tchappell28
Powerful singer... I always use his voice In mist of a storm
He will provide everything u need if u let him
There is no testimony without a storm THANK U JESUS!!!!
Love you Jesus have total confident in you always. Praise your name at all times!
Love u.all I can say is Thank u!!
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